The Childhood Age That Predicts Future Success
If you want to see which kids will grow up to be the most successful adults, visit their second-grade classroom, new research suggests.
A study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland discovered that math and reading ability at age 7 are linked with socioeconomic status several decades later. The researchers found that such childhood abilities predict socioeconomic status in adulthood over and above associations with intelligence, education and socioeconomic status in childhood.
The study was based on data from the National Child Development Study, a nationally representative study that followed more 17,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales over a span of about 50 years, from when they were born in 1958 to present-day.